Spanish Pyrenees guided walking holiday

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21 May 2017
€ 1295
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30 Sep 2017
€ 1295
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Responsible tourism: Spanish Pyrenees guided walking holiday

Environment

We are passionate about the environment and the wildlife where we live. The Ordesa National Park is a World Biosphere Reserve and a ‘Special Protection Area for Birds’ with over 171 species, including the rare Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus). We support the Lammergeier Conservation Foundation by using guides from the Foundation, visiting the raptor feeding stations with guests and selling the Foundation T-shirts. This helps fund a breeding program in our area which has had great success. Our walks are led by experts in the area (or accompanied by information packs when self-guided) and ensure that fragile environments are not degraded in any way when walking.

There are also well over 100 species of butterflies and moths in our area, including the rare and beautiful Isabelina Moth (Actias Isabellae) and the Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia Pyri). We have been successful in hatching the eggs and releasing the caterpillars for these moths.

At the farmhouse we have geothermal heating and hot water with minimal environmental impact. We also harvest rainwater for both the irrigation of our vegetable patch and garden, and for the washing machine.

We recycle all we can, including building materials and furniture. For example all the vanity units in the luxury bathrooms are unique secondhand pieces of furniture, adapted with a granite top and basin. All the furniture in the house is antique or secondhand and has been or is in the process of being restored by Simon, your host. Many of the external doors are secondhand and have been adapted. The beams and stone from the four year renovation of the property have been reused throughout the building process. We continue to reuse this material now as we landscape the garden.

Community

We support the local economy wherever possible by employing guides, experts and teachers from our area. We offer English lessons to our guides, providing them with a greater opportunity for work.

We involve our neighbours with our holidays, offering the possibility to visit their houses which have changed little through the centuries. This gives a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the high Pyrenees. In return we make donations to the village fund, for amongst other things the maintenance of our historic chapel of San Urbez (hermitage).

We also offer a guided visit to the chapel of San Urbez, explaining stories about our saint, his miracles and the architectural features. For this, we ask our guests for a donation in the chapel collection box.

We are involved in trying to preserve and restore the local pathways, acting as volunteers as the need arises. We will be running a path clearing holiday in the future which we hope will also ultimately benefit the community as a whole.

Reviews of Spanish Pyrenees guided walking holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This has to be the best walking holiday I've ever had. The walking was incredible. The landscapes were all different and all stunningly beautiful. I will never forget walking in Ordesa, Añisclo and the Sierra de Guara. Our guides were knowledgeable about geology, flora, fauna, history and folklore and were fantastic company. Lucy and Simon were tireless as hosts, making sure everything was completely perfect. The food was amazing, the farmhouse charming and the weather (end of April, beginning of May) was ideal for walking in the mountains.


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just go!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely. We walked with local guides. Although we didn't eat out often (why would we when the food in the farmhouse was so good!), all meals were cooked using local ingredients.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Can't fault it. I really hope to return to Casa Allué.

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Every day was a different adventure ! At each bend in the track I marvelled at the scenery, it was breath taking. So many magical moments - walking in golden light through a beech forest, dipping my toes in turquoise water in a mountain river and gasping at the sight of the bearded vultures soaring high above. So many wonderful memories of a truly fantastic walking holiday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Simon and Lucy looked after us so well and ensured we were extremely well catered for. I was so glad that I bought my binoculars - a must ! We were provided with all the information prior to arrival to ensure we were well equipped. Even walking poles were provided by our lovely Guide so no need to burden yourself with them. The one tip I would give to anyone considering this holiday is to say - just book it - you won't be disappointed !

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Lucy & Simon are passionate about the environment and we made use when we were out and about to stop en route to dispose of the recycling. We replenished food stocks from the local shop. On one walk we visited a derelict village where the occupants are trying to raise money to rebuild their homes. The group made contribution to this worthy cause. We supported some local eateries on the walks and I purchased excellent quality locally made souvenirs when we visited some villages. The local people definitely benefit from the support of the family and holiday makers visiting this area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was everything and more I could have hoped for and would recommend this holiday to anyone. From beginning to end I was extremely well catered for. Simon and Lucy are wonderful hosts and made everyone in the Group feel at home in their beautiful house Casa Allué. I have fabulous memories of the best walking holiday I have ever had and hope to return !

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Super well organised, a beautiful spot and everything at the farmhouse was perfect. Best of all the amazing area and fabulous guides

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - the couple who run the holiday are totally committed to the community and use local guides, local produce and are passionate about this beautiful area

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Lovely accommodating hosts, stunning surroundings, meeting interesting new people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for travelling to different destinations/places of interest on most days. Be prepared for long days.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A most fantastic experience. Busy, packed with much information, new experiences and activities.

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